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The Gareth Farrelly case

One of the most interesting presentations at last week's Sport and EU conference was by footballer Gareth Farrelly, badged as from Edgehill University.    In March 2007 Cork City asked Fifa to make an exception to the then rules on player registration.  Farrelly had already played in matches for two different clubs in the period between July 2006 and March 2007 and so would be ineligible to play for Cork until July 2007.   It should be noted that summer football had been introduced in Ireland.

Northern Ireland clubs given financial warning

I would have to admit that my knowledge of football in the north of Ireland is relatively limited.  Attendances tend to be relatively low and many football fans follow clubs in Scotland or England or even actively support them.    Clubs there have presumably never been in a position to splash out on players.   It is therefore interesting that a warning has been issued to clubs there to watch their finances.